We are seeing things happen on a global scale that we had not previously seen in our lifetime—immense and growing pressure on Christians; political strife, difficulties, diseases. Yet, in the midst of the chaos in which we find ourselves, I believe with all my heart that God wants to do great things. And it all begins with God's people coming to a place of utter dependence on Him, crying out, "Lord, I have none but You."
If you have gotten out of the habit of coming before God's throne of grace, don't wait. Draw near to Him today.
If there's something I've learned in 55 years of walking with the Lord, it's that God never tires of us coming to Him. In all my years of knowing Him, of stumbling, of failing, of learning, God has never once said to me, "Michael, this is the millionth time that you've come to Me!" No, He loves it when His children come to Him in repentance. And this should give us tremendous comfort in times of fear and failure.
A dear spiritual mentor once told me, "God is not sitting in heaven writing your name in the Book of Life with a pencil and then erasing your name every time you mess up. No—when He adopts you, He adopts you for good." That is why the apostle Paul could say, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). What comfort!
In these challenging times, we must all develop the daily habit of coming to Christ, turning from our sins, surrendering to Him, and allowing Him to be on the throne of our hearts. When I was a young Christian, after a moment of failure or disobedience to God, I would wait a day or two before approaching the Lord. Now that I've been walking with the Lord for most of my life, I keep short accounts! The moment I utter a word that I know is not honoring to God, I immediately stop and pray, "Lord, forgive me. I'm sorry. This is not becoming of a servant of the living God." The Psalmist said, "If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; . . ." (Psalm 66:18). If you want to see God work in a marvelous way in your life, start the lifestyle of repentance, continually coming before God's throne of grace.
When you need forgiveness, come to Him. When you need strength, come to Him. When you need wisdom, come to Him. The darker the world becomes, the greater the work of God is going to be in us. Depend on Him now. Surrender to Him now.
If you have gotten out of the habit of coming before God's throne of grace, don't wait. Draw near to Him today. As you do, you will find that He is already there, knocking on the door of your heart. He is waiting, and as soon as you open the door to Him, He's going to bless you, encourage you, and make you a blessing to others. Pray with me now:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I want to walk with You and serve You with all of my heart. I see the nearness of the day of Your return; all the signs are showing it. So, work in me, live in me, help me to serve You. Help me to walk in Your power, not in my own strength."